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Close up, into the heart of a flower…

Check out older entries to the Weekly Photo Challenge & let me know what you think.

P.S. I used this photo for a previous post, but it was so apt for this challenge, I couldn’t resist posting it again. Do you also see the cheetah’s face with outspread bat wings at the heart of this orchid? Some pics are special, right?

Featuring ‘Irresistible India’

Bipasha:

I wrote a guest post for ‘A Date with Delhi‘, a blog that showcases everything about Delhi, from the most popular sights and activities, to the hidden gems along the path less travelled. Hop ahead & browse away!

Originally posted on A Date With Delhi:

Recently I was on board an Austrian Airlines flight. I was pleasantly surprised to see the in-flight magazine featuring ‘Irresistible India’ as their cover story. Moreover, the main focus of the feature was Delhi and I immediately grabbed it to read up. It is so true when the article talks about how tourists somehow bypass Delhi as the main terminus before moving on to the more popular delights in neighboring Rajasthan, Agra or the northern hill stations. The author lists the top six reasons why they believe Delhi is definitely a destination to reckon with.

Old Delhi: The Delhi of the Mughals

Of course, this one had to be the top choice. You all know how much Date with Delhi loves the city of the Mughals! You can read about Wanderfool’s escapades throughout Old Delhi here [link to archives]. Old Delhi is all about a magical world that continues to…

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Not-my-job attitude

I don’t like to preach, but once in a while I come across a negative exhibition of attitude that seriously bugs me and then I start to rant :-x Like now. I mean, just now, 10 mins ago, I walked into the kitchenette in the office to find the sink overflowing with used mugs and cups and glasses. There is not one, but two full-sized dishwashers and both were full of clean crockery. Obviously, the persons who left their stuff in the sink, thought it’s ‘not my job’ to load/unload these dishwashers, so why don’t I just discard my cup right here in the sink so that somebody whose ‘job’ it is will eventually come by and do so.

Fun fact though, it is supposed to be a ‘collective responsibility‘ to keep the kitchenette clean & tidy. Everyone at this office knows this, or at least, is expected to know so. We do have some staff who take care of it on most days, but Sweden is generally low of staff suring the summer months. And honestly, how much effort does it really take if each person took their own responsibility seriously? For the sake of those who want to feign ignorance, somebody (who was thinking one the same lines as I am) even put up a flow diagram!

Coudn’t be clearer, right? Apparently, not everyone gets it, though. *Sigh*

Of course, there wasn’t much else that I could do, so I just followed the instructions… unloaded one dishwasher, loaded the other one with the general public’s dirty dishes, and started the cycle. And you know what, it felt good :) To perform my good deed of the day. And also, to rail about it here ;) I feel much better, now that I have vented out the feeling on you patient listeners. Thank you for listening!

Goodreads challenge : You’re halfway there!

A few months ago I showed my readers the books I read last year. Keeping up my reading tradition, I set myself a new reading challenge this year. I raised the goal to 18 books this year, which means I upped it by 20% for good measure. ;) It’s mid-July, I have met the halfway mark and I am well into my 10th read. Feels great to be on track, right?

Here’s what I have been up to the past few months, in the order that I picked them up (hmm, I notice those thumbnails appear in the reverse order, but doesn’t really matter):

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, first published in 1953, talks about an imaginary, desolate future world. Part sci-fi, part prophetic, it is an interesting read.

  • Monical Ali’s Brick Lane follows the story of a pair of sisters from Bangladesh and the different paths either of them takes through life.
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, is a sinister tale of four unlikely people that come together to explore the nature of a so-called haunted house. Not as scary as I had hope it would be.
  • The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman is an amusing set of short stories from the world of newspaper journalism. What I especially liked was the way the tales were intertwined together to make it more of a novella than disjointed stories.

  • P.G. Wodehouse’s Piccadilly Jim was one of my favorite reads this year. Superbly funny and witty, a comedy of errors and mistaken identities. You can take a look at my review of the book, posted a few weeks ago.
  • From Heaven Lake is a non-fictional work by Vikram Seth, a travelogue of his hitch-hiking journey from Heaven Lake in Xinjiang, north-west China to Delhi, via Tibet and Nepal. A beautiful account of the geography, people & cultures that he encounters along the way.
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s mystery revolving around story of a man & his wife who goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary; and how their marriage has changed them over the course of those five years years. Quite dark and a very compelling read. I watched the movie afterward, but in my opinion it didn’t do justice to the text.
  • The Bone Vault is written by Linda Fairstein, who served as head of the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for more than 25 years. However, I did not much prefer her work as an author. Too hollywood-style for my taste.

Have you read any of these titles? I’d love to know what you thought about them. What other  books have been keeping you busy?